-  ITS Convention

In 1969 the ABR Company started her Tug Convention. The first name of the now called ITS Convention and Exhibition was International Tug Conference. This conference has been held every two years except during the years 1979 to 1982. In 1994 the conference was renamed ITS. Since 1969 over 7500 delegates and about 1150 exhibitors have taken part. The repeat attendance rate is about 75%.

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-  ITS Convention 2014 in Hamburg

For the first time since 1979, the ITS conference returned to Hamburg. There were about 100 exhibitors present, and the delegates had the chance to network and listen to over 20 papers. In addition to the conference programme there were other highlights, such as the brand new Damen ASD 2810 Hybrid, which all interested delegates were invited to trial. It was a fascinating and unique new technology for the tugboat industry. The company EDDY Tug, in co-operation with Holland Shipyard, also displayed their new hybrid vessel, EDDY 1.
The ABR Company had some nice ideas to entertain the delegates. After the welcome cocktail party on Monday, sponsored by Damen, there was a gala dinner on Thursday evening. Allan and his team had booked the whole Fischauktionshalle and converted it into a fine restaurant. For entertainment we had Tenors Unlimited and four very nice ladies singing and dancing, followed by a live band and more dancing. The gala dinner was sponsored by Caterpillar Marine. It was a great evening, with a fantastic buffet!
A harbour tour took place at 10.30 the following morning. Schottel and The Shipowners’ Protection invited delegates, guest and exhibitors onboard Louisiana Star. We had a tour through the port until late afternoon, culminating in a tugboat ballet.
I have known of the ABR Company’s magazine, International Tug & OSV, for years. Last year Dawn, the editor, did an interview with me about my hobby after I sent her some photos of my tugboats. It was a great surprise to get an invitation to ITS 2014, but I took the chance to meet people from the "real world". This wasn’t a normal shipping fair. Just as advertised, it is the world´s largest gathering of tug, salvage and OSV experts! I met a lot of new people and made some friends. Unfortunately, I was only able to stay for two days, but it was a fantastic event: a lot of nice people, valuable contacts, and perfect organisation.
Allan, Garth, Dawn and Val - thank you very much again for the invitation and the hospitality, it was marvellous.

In the attachment you will find some impressions of the event. My prize for the best booth goes to Uzmar. They had a presentation combining a horizontal plan with a tablet computer to show a 3D-model (see photo below), something I have never seen before.


To see the photos in higher resolution click the pics!

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Welcome Interview
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Give-aways DAMEN-booth
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view into the exhibition lights
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Transfer to Hybrid-tugboat ASD 2810 Hybrid
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ASD 2810 Hybrid ASD 2810 Hybrid
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ASD 2810 Hybrid ASD 2810 Hybrid
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ASD 2810 Hybrid ASD 2810 Hybrid
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presentation with plan and tablet Barrura
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Klein-Simulator Media Luna
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Smit Yallarm Lamnalco Sana'a
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Boa Hemdal ART 80-32
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Amapola 1 Gladiator
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towing line Voith-Tractor
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EDDY RT Discovery
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Star Admiral Calovebora
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EDDY at the Schottel booth thruster from the EDDY-tug
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RAL Ltd. DAMEN ASD 2913
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towing and mooring lines view int the exhibition
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location of the Gala-Dinner table decoration
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EDDY-1 in the port EDDY-1 in the port
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CMA CGM Marco Polo tugboat-ballett
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gal force Fairplay VI
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Hans tugboat-ballett
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Bugsier 18 tugboat-ballett
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tugboat-ballett Port captain closes the port for ballett
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Hans Fairplay VI
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SD Dolphin ZP Bulldog
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